Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2016

Saturday, 23rd April, 9am to 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Road CH48 5DE
Come along to West Kirby's monthly farmers' market with 30 stalls selling quality local food direct from the producer.
A busy market last month saw Pen y Lan Pork's new 'Pocket Rocket' sausages (made with free-range Gloucester Old Spot pork and Firework Jerk from Bongo's Rock n Roll Pickles) sell out before 9.30am!
For more news about the market why not sign up to the monthly market newsletter

Saturday, 7th May
West Kirby Litter Picking Group launch

On 7th May Transition Town West Kirby will launch a new Litter Picking group. Details are still being arranged and will be advertised shortly. Homegrown Bananas will organise the music at the launch so bring your instrument along to join in. We have had some interest in being part of the group but we need more people who love their local environment and would like to take part in the litter picking group ... and hopefully some who fancy leading the group. If this interests you please get in contact via or via this email.

Incredible Edible Group

Outside the Concourse we established trees donated by the Rotary Club who also planted daffodils with us, they are doing well. In the Concourse planter is a new jostaberry bush, kindly donated. A cross between a gooseberry and blackcurrant, it will grow large and take two years to produce a good crop.

The Soroptomists who garden in Sandlea Park are hoping to gain the Green Flag award for the park, and have suggested that we grow plants which are attractive as well as edible. We are more than happy to comply, and you can see the Incredible Edible plot looking brighter already with primroses and pansies.

Community Orchard maintenance sessions take place on the second Saturday of every month from 3-4 p.m. and the fourth Friday of the month at 10-11 a.m., in conjunction with the Friends of Grange Park, meeting at the main cemetery entrance on Black Horse Hill, look out for our high-visibility jackets. Maintenance dates are- Friday, 22nd April, Friday, 27th May, Saturday, 11th June and Friday, 24th June. For more on Grange Park maintenance, contact the phone number 625 9974

Ashton Park Fair takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May. TTWK and Incredible Edibles will be there and we look forward to seeing you for gardening chat, plant cuttings and sustainability information. Would you like to help with our cycle-driven smoothie maker on the day? Please ring 625 2941 if so.

We are very grateful to David James, who spent a lot of time on the repairs of our TTWK smoothie maker bike, which had broken down. When we offered our thanks and to pay for the spare part he commented "there is no cost and I am always happy to help Transition Town contribute to make West Kirby one of the best places to live...". What a wonderful attitude! And a lot of people in West Kirby have that when helping with the planters, distributing the WK Messenger, organising events, volunteering in other groups...

If you would like to volunteer for Incredible Edibles, do ring 07724 175779 for more information. Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, 28th April in the library, you are welcome.
Cool Wirral

Energy Group events

At the Wirral Arts Centre, 7pm 10pm
Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby
(As usual, there is no parking for these events in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. Parking is available at the Concourse car park, a five minute walk from the Arts Centre. Please do drop off people with limited mobility but then park your car elsewhere. Thank you.)

Friday, 6th May
Cool Wirral

Dr Brian Lipscombe (Sustainability Liaison Officer, Wirral Borough Council) will present the Council's Climate Change Strategy and plans for Cool Wirral - a campaign aimed at encouraging local climate-related action in support of the climate change strategy for Wirral

Friday, 3rd June
The battle to save life on Earth; a view from the frontline.

A talk by Michael Evans, an innovator dedicated to finding technological and commercial solutions to tackling climate change. He is CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd. Michael has provided the following abstract for his talk.

"Climate change due to human activities threatens all life on Earth, we need to fundamentally change the way we live if we are to have any chance of survival. So far progress has been too slow, human society seems unwilling to make the necessary changes. One solution is to enable people's lives to continue the way they are but change the way we make things and the way we power our world. This requires the development of new technologies. Michael represented UK Cleantech companies alongside David Cameron and George Osbourne at the G20 in Mexico in 2012. He sat at the table with heads of state and the CEOs of some of the World's biggest fossil fuel companies. Cool WirralThis experience has given him a unique insight into the way the world works. In his talk he will be recounting some of these experiences and how they have changed his focus to finding ways of capturing and permanently storing CO2. Finally he will describe his latest CO2 capture technology and describe some of the projects he is currently involved in. "

Friday, 8th July topic TBC check future newsletters.

West Kirby Messenger

TTWK is very pleased that we received 1000 from the Wirral West Community Fund towards printing costs for the West Kirby Messenger. This enables us to keep the front cover advert free for 1 year, choose community related photos instead and secure extra printing space inside the Messenger for community events.

Thank you very much to everybody who voted for our not for profit magazine, which is being distributed free of charge by almost 90 volunteers to 6,500 houses in West Kirby, Grange, Caldy and Newton. This is probably the greatest amount of regular volunteering in West Kirby.
We are always looking for more people to help! If you are interested in delivering in your road or stepping in as a holiday cover: please phone 625 9974 or email us via

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk

April 2016 News

We have one 'hello' and one 'goodbye' this month. Our 'hello' is to the West Kirby Messenger (WKM), which has been come into the TTWK fold as a subgroup and we offer them a warm welcome. You will see an update from the WKM team, left.

Our 'goodbye' is to Nick Drew. Last month we formally welcomed Nick into the TTWK Core Group and this month we have to report that Nick has decided to step down to concentrate on sustainability issues in Heswall. He will continue to post things of interest in this newsletter, however. We want to thank Nick for his knowledge and the enthusiasm and engagement he brought to the Core Group and the Energy Group. You will be missed, Nick!

On Friday, 1st April, the Energy Group brought the film 'This Changes Everything' [] to the Wirral Arts Centre. Based on Naomi Klein's book of the same title the film is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change, presenting seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Klein's narration connects the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there, and builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. After the film the audience discussed this thought provoking film.

On Sunday, 3rd April, Homegrown Bananas presented "Footsteps" at the Threshold Festival in Liverpool. This is the third year Homegrown Bananas has been part of Threshold Festival. There was plenty of excellent music from familiar local artists and from new faces.

On Sunday, 17th April, TTWK hosted a walk along the Wirral Way on a Spring Forage with Jesper Launder.

Who are we?

...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups

What are our plans?

People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.

Contact us - stay informed

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Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.

West Kirby Farmers' Market

A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website

TTWK national allotment report

Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.

Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide

In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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Our Constitution

West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.

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